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I first discovered Organix when my now 5 year old son was a baby and was relieved to find a range of organic products with no junk, low salt content and a wide variety of products and voices within their ranges.
My children are now 5 and 3 and have both been brought up on numerous Organix products because I feel confident in the brand and the products have always been good quality and not too expensive. My son still has Organix products in his school lunch box and loves them as much as he did when he was a toddler - and his sister has followed suit!
These Organix savoury tomato noughts and crosses are a firm favourite with my two. They come in a foil lined packet which keep them nice and fresh and the size and shape of these crunchy snacks are great for small and big hands alike - the noughts generally end up as rings on fingers! One pack is big enough for my 2 to share as a snack and substantial enough for my son to have in his lunch box.
I would recommend these to any parent looking for healthier snack alternatives. I tend to buy them in multipacks as they can be expensive as a single bag purchase but they are price competitive with other similar snacks.
Organix Tomato Noughts and Crosses are just one product in a whole range produced by the company, Goodies who specialise in organic, healthy baby snacks and promise to contain no junk whatsoever! When choosing a food product for your child, most parents will agree that this is an important selling point and certainly this sold it for me!
These are very reminiscent of those old Tangy Tomato Tom crisps you used to get for 5p but not quite so strong in flavour! One postive reccommendation for these is that daddy enjoyed eating these almost as much as baby daddy and I am almost sorry that now, at almost three, she demands to eat daddy's crisps instead because she "is a big girl now, daddy!"
These are designed for babies aged twelve months and up and are priced at £1.63 for a pack of four though they can also be bought individually at around 47p a packet! The Goodies range of crisps also come in the shape of Carrot Stix, Sweetcorn Rings and Spicy stars amongst others and all of these products share the same quality. True, they are not that cheap but they are worth the money because at least you know what your child is eating which is a little less certain with other products and branded items!
And they come in funky shapes ~ making meal times fun! Anything that is a little different from the norm is always a winner and if you get full up, you can use the remaing crisps to play noughts and crosses! Actually, considering the mess these make (which is no more than any other type of crisp I suppose), maybe that's not such a hot idea!
Organic Corn (71%, Organic Sunflower Oil (15%), Organic Tomato Powder (9%), Organic Onion Powder (2%), Organic Apple Powder (2%), Sea Salt (Less Then 1%).
Gluten & Wheat free
nutrient per 100g per 15g (bag)
Energy kCal 443 kCal 66 kCal
Energy kJ 1,844 kJ 276 kJ
Protein 7.7 g 1.2 g
Carbohydrate 66.2 g 9.9 g
of which sugars 9.3 g 1.4 g
Fat 15.9 g 2.4 g
of which saturates 1.9 g 0.3 g
Fibre 4.2 g 0.6 g
Sodium 0.2 g Trace
Salt Equivalent 0.5 g Trace
Another great snack from Goodies Organix. I bought a packet of these after trying (and loving) their cheese and herb puffs, and I will certainly be having both flavours again. I can see why these would be appealing to toddlers; they are a nice size, and shaped like noughts and crosses, they are light enough to dissolve in your mouth if you want to and they are coated in a tasty tomato powder. I was not sure about tomato flavoured crisps at first, but actually they are very nice, with a fairly subtle flavour, but just spicy enough to be interesting. I don't actually have children: I bought them for myself as part of my pursuit of healthy eating. I am glad I have found an alternative to salty, fatty crisps. A bag of these (15g) contains only 65 calories, 0.8g sugar, 0.2g saturated fat (1.9g of fat in total) and a trace of sodium, as part of the Goodies 'no junk promise.' You might be interested to know that this is just under one weight watchers point. It says on the back of the packet that they contain at least a third of the salt and fat in 'most children's snacks.' All the ingredients are organic and they were only 47p, so it's all good.
Organic Sunflower Oil14%
Organic Tomato Powder4%
Organic Carrot Powder4%
Organic Onion Powder2% S
ea Salt less than 1%
Organic Garlic Powderless than 1%
Organic Paprika Powderless than 1%
Organic Chilli Powderless than 1%
As my son got a bit bigger and we were looking for snack food that he could try alongside rice cakes and fruit we found these in the baby aisle. Having already seen how much my son like this brands rice cakes I decided to give them a go. These are now one of his favorite treats.
"Organix was founded in 1992 by Lizzie Vann. Her own experience of poor health in childhood left Lizzie with a passion for changing the children's food industry so that parents have more choice to give their children high quality, nutritious, organic food."
All their packaging has the "No Junk Promise" which they see as a "promise to you that our foods are always safe, pure and nutritious"
Which means that there is no added sugar; no artificial colourings; no MSG or added flavourings and no hydrogenated fat. All the ingredients are organically grown with reduced levels of salt fat and sugar.
These goodies come in a foil packet similar to crisps on the front there are shown a nought and a cross and the product name.
On the back there is the following information:
Our Great Ingredients
Organic Corn (71%) Organic Sunflower Oil (15%) Organic Tomato Powder (9%) Organic Onion Powder (2%) Organic Apple Powder (2%) Sea Salt (Less than 1 %) *Sea Salt has no organic certification
SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS
SUITABLE FOR VEGANS
The Important Stuff
Energy (kJ/Kcal) 1816/431 (per 15g) 272/65
Protein (g) 7.5 1.1
Carbohydrate (g) 72.9 10.9
of which sugars (g) 5.2 0.8
Fat (g) 12.6 1.9
of which saturates (g) 1.5 0.2
Fibre (g) 2.5 0.4
Sodium (g) 0.1 Trace
Salt (g) 0.2 Trace
The taste test and experience
On opening the bag you notice straight away that it is full puffed corn Noughts and Crosses which are just the right size for little hands to hold and grab out of the packet. Each crisp is coated in a red powder now this powder gets everywhere and my son by the time he has finished munching these not only has a red moustache but a beard and red hands too so be warned it can be a messy snack. They have the same texture as other puffed crisps that most adults know such as Wotisits and Monster Munch. The crisps do have a pleasant tomato taste which is a bit tangy the taste continues for some time after. When I pinch one of my sons crisps these do have a tendency to stick to my teeth as such I have made sure that my little one has a drink of water with these to ensure he doesn't get any of that stickiness himself. The crisps are fairly big so your little one will need to be confident with chewing and lumpy food hence I guess why they say this is a 12 month plus snack
The individual bags are available from Tescos Sainsbury's and Waitrose all for the same price of 40 pence. I tend to buy these in the mutli-pack of 4 as they represent better value and they are often on special offer.
A great snack as an occasional treat that doesn't contain any worrisome ingredients to send your child hyper!
I feed my 19 month old son a range of healthy food and try to keep his diet varied to prevent him from become fussy. I also like to offer foods that have different textures for him to explore. I try to give him fresh food whenever possible and I am lucky that he is a good eater. He actually has a bigger appetite than me, and as he is very active so he likes a good meal to keep him going. Whenever we do our weekly food shop he is always given a good lunch as we are in the supermarket he can see all the tasty food which makes him feel peckish for a snack. Depending on what the fresh produce is like and depending on what he has already eaten that day can sometimes limit my options as to what I can give him 'on the go' I generally opt for fruit, but sometimes the fresh fruit in my local supermarket is not always great. So I am left to browse the baby section to see what healthy snacks they have on offer.
There isn't a huge variety of snacks for toddlers that I find very appealing and I often steer clear of baby food but the Organix Goodies range offer a good range of 'No Junk' snacks for toddlers. We have tried their gingerbread men and have enjoyed them and I was pleased with the ingredients as they use natural organic ingredients. I noticed the crisps and picked up a pack and looked at the ingredients and nutritional content before deciding whether they would be good enough for my son. I was happy with the ingredients and happened to notice the saucy tomato flavoured crisps, and tomatoes just happen to be one of my son's favourite foods, I don't often by crisps however I am quite partial to a packet now and again. I bought a single pack to share with my son, as I wouldn't want him to eat the full pack to himself and I was curious to how they would taste.
These crisps are available in single packs for about 41 pence a bag, or in packs of four, they also do a few other flavours which are carrot stix, cheese and herb puffs, and tomato cheese and herb flavour. The can be found in most major supermarkets and also in Boots stores.
The Organix goodies range stand out on the shelf as the 'No Junk' logo is clear which is appealing; these particular crisps are suitable from 12 months onwards.
The crisp packet states that these are made from real tomatoes and the ingredients list looks promising with few ingredients.
Their range of snacks comes with a 'No Junk' promise:
* No artificial colours
* No added sugar
* No artificial colourings
* No MSG or added flavourings
* No hydrogenated fat
The crisps come in a foil bag for freshness and are easy to open so they would be ideal to have in a lunchbox for an occasional treat.
The bag contains fairly big puffed Noughts and Crosses which are just the right size for little hands. Each crisp is coated in a red powder, my son was eager to get his hand in a pull out a crisp and wasted no time in popping it into his mouth, he chewed away happily and after that there was no stopping him! Seeing as my son was enjoying them I thought I would have a taste, they have the same texture as other puffed crisps and melt in the mouth on chewing. The crisps do have a pleasant tomato taste which is a bit tangy and you can taste the maize, the taste lingers in my mouth for some time after and the do stick to the teeth. The taste is not too over powering and I like them for myself as they are far healthier than other crisps. They are quite messy! And tend to crumble easily and the red powder coating ends up coating my son's hands and face! So not an ideal snack for on the go unless you are handy with the baby wipes. The crisps are fairly big so your toddler will need to have a good chewing action, also you should never leave your toddler alone with food.
We both enjoy the crisps but they are not as tasty as fresh food, but are okay for an occasional snack. I have only bought these a couple of times as they have a different texture to other foods that my son has, and they are good finger food.
All of the ingredients are organic certified and the crisps only contain a trace of salt. There are surprisingly only a few ingredients which I think are worth mentioning just so you can see how good they are:
Organic Corn (71%) Organic Sunflower Oil (15%) Organic Tomato Powder (9%) Organic Onion Powder (2%) Organic Apple Powder (2%) Sea Salt (Less than 1 %)
The crisps are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
I think these are good for an occasional treat and are handy to have in the cupboard for when you run out of fresh food.
To find out more about the Orgnanix range you can visit their website:
Like all mums, I try to give my children healthy and nutritious snacks but despite my best efforts, there are times when my toddler won't eat what I put in front of him. So if we are having one of 'those' days, I'll sometimes include a bag of these with his lunch!
Available from most major supermarkets, in packs of 4 and individual bags, these snacks are made by Organix, who produce quite a large range of organic baby and toddler foods. You can sometimes find them in child-friendly cafes too.
This particular variety is tomato flavoured and is shaped like O and X. My son loves the fact he can slip the little O shapes on his fingers (just like we used to with Hula Hoops!). The texture is similar to that of Monster Munch (I'd buy those for me not him!!) and they can be a bit crumbly and messy as a result. The bright red tomato powder can stain little fingers and faces too. Oh and don't put them at the bottom of your bag or they'll turn to dust!
The snacks do actually taste a bit tomatoey and are quite tangy, though you can also taste that maizey taste too.
Each bag contains roughly 65 calories, and about 1.9g of fat, of which about 0.2g is saturated. The ingredients are all organic and consist of: corn, sunflower oil, tomato powder, apple powder, onion powder and sea salt. The salt content is stated as being a 'trace' per bag.
My little one is definitely a fan, and mummy isn't adverse to hoovering up a few leftovers either, as they aren't bad, and don't seem to be that bad for you, as far as manufactured snack products go.
Pricewise, you're looking at about 40p per bag, and around £1.40 for a 4 pack.
Coated snack coated with tomato & onion.